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Subject: Bookshelf Winners - share em!
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 2:23 PM ET
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If you could recommend one romance book that's currently listed on your bookshelf, which would it be? Tell us what you enjoyed about the book too. 

many of us are always looking for something new to read and it might help a book on your shelf find a happy new home. :)



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 3:56 PM ET
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Okay....I'll go first.  I have a book on my shelf called Years by LaVyrle Spencer.   It is an epic romance that is set on a farm where the schoolmarm is a 19 year old girl and she boards with a local family whose son is 17 and one of her pupils.....and of course, she falls in love with the 35 year old, gorgeous yet grumpy widowed father of the boy.

The only thing keeping the 2 apart is their age and of course, his dislike of a little missy wearing grown up clothing and trying to play teacher.  There isn't any "big misunderstanding" to get over.  It's just a great romance that unfolds between the two and during their everyday lives.   And you will love all of the other people in the story, too.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I really like "A Deeper Hunger" by Sabine Kells (but my shelf is on hold right now - sorry!).  It's a vampire romance that takes place in modern times and doesn't involve any other paranormal characters (I'm not a big fan of vampire clans, werewolves, shifters, etc) .  It's about a young woman who is at a bad spot in her life and decides to live a little.  She travels to Hawaii where she decides she's going to hire a male escort.  Little does she know that he's a vampire......  I really like it because it's different from a lot of the vampire stories out there.  There's no fighting to save the race, vampire slayers, etc.  Just boy meets girl on vacation and how their relationship develops.  A sweet story!



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:19 PM ET
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Hm...

I'm going to go with a book I finished yesterday--Clay Yeager's Redemption by Justine Davis.

It's not a long book and is part of a series called Trinity West.

Why I'd recommend it? It's got heartache, and a hero with a past that takes a while to find out about and his faithful dog who has been his companion for five years and a heroine who has more courage than anyone realizes until the hero comes along.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:21 PM ET
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I ordered your copy of Years, June.  I've seen that mentioned several times lately.  Going to have to try it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:31 PM ET
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Well, I have a hardcover of MY SWEET FOLLY by Laura Kinsale on my bookshelf. I won it in a lot of books on ebay and already have it in PB which is why it's there. Kinsale is one of the greatest writers to ever write in the historical romance genres and the epistolary beginning of this one is quite famous.

Also have STRANGER IN MY ARMS by Lisa Kleypas. A retelling of the Martin Guerre legend set in England. Some people might recognize it more as the movie SOMMERSBY with Richard gere.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I would have to say Dreamscapes: Flashback by Terri Herrington.  Its a time travel romance that's really good.  I'd also have to recommend Love Beyond Words by Sherryl Woods - a story about a deaf woman and a firefighter.  VERY good read.

Sherri

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:38 PM ET
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The best books on my shelf would be the Edith Layton's. (Only posted because I have duplicate copies.) She's got a lovely voice for historicals, rich with wit and irony and sexual tension. Also Deerskin by Robin McKinley, a very dark fairy tale retelling that has a sweet little romance in it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:56 PM ET
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The top recommendation on my shelf would be Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne, She does the best heroines- tough, resourceful, but still women, still wanting what every other woman wants- a ittle love in her life, Great story!

eta- Willa,  I'd love to try one of your Edith Layton's. Which one would you recommend? Thanks!



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:10 PM ET
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The best books on my shelf are Devil in Winter (Kleypas) and Flowers from the Storm (Kinsale) both are excellent and on AAR top 100 romances of all time.  It almost pains me to send them out; only on my shelf because I had 2 copies.  both are keepers.  Also recommend Forbidden (Lowell). 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Mine would be "Forever After" by Jill Gregory or "A Lady at Last" by Brenda Joyce, both only posted because I have copies of them already.

Katrina

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:29 PM ET
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The best Layton I have is To Wed a Stranger, a very interesting, thoughtful book.  I think I wrote a review of it, if you want to check it out.  Truthfully, if I were going to recommend one book by her, it would be The Cad, which I don't have. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:08 PM ET
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Good choice Bronwyn -- I think you'll love it.  My shelf is 2 for 1 if there's anything else that might interest you.

Amy -- I want a good vampire book without all the scientific mumbo jumbo that usually goes along with vampires and why they drink blood blah blah blah.  Just give me a romance.......with a vampire.......real simple.   When your shelf is off hold, let me know!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:20 PM ET
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The Lily Brand by Sandra Schwab.   Historical Romance.   Lily is a young woman in the care of, and dependant on her  wealthy stepmother, since the death of her father.  Except her stepmother is a masochisic nutcase, who treats men as pets, and is trying to groom Lily in her ways.   Stepmommy Dearest "buys" a man for Lily, just as Lily has planned her escape.   Lily escapes, and later encounters "her pet" in England.   

The story is a little dark, but I really enjoyed it.  Couldn't put it down.   Castle of the Wolf by the same author is really good, too.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 10:32 PM ET
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The Seduction by Julia Ross is on my bookshelf. I picked it up at a bargain bookstore, totally unfamaliar with the author, but really enjoyed the book. At first it seems your typical book about a rake seducing the heroine only to fall in love with her, but the author developed the h/h so well I fell in love with them both. A strong, but secretive heroine is persued shamelessly by the hero who does some of the sweetest/cutest and most charming things I have ever read a hero do. The scene where they finally hook up is so sweet. I had a hard time putting this book up to trade, and it's my favorite on my shelf, but I'm not a re-reader so I figured I better let someone else enjoy it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:32 PM ET
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Oh, I loved that one! Soooo good.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 12:50 AM ET
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ooo there are some yummy books on this list!

the favorite on my shelf would be Monica McCarty's Highlander Untamed.   It's a seriously steamy highland romance that I just couldn't put down.  It reminds me somewhat of the old 80s sweeping style of historical romance.

I ended up with 2 copies when one was declared lost by PBS and showed up a week later (along with the other copy I'd just ordered).

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:31 AM ET
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i've got a couple of fun Lynsay Sands books on my shelf right now.  i particularly enjoyed The Switch, but the book is heavily scented with cigarette smoke and dryer sheet.  (i tried airing it out regularly for a month or so, but ended up waiting to read it until i had a cold.)

i also recently posted the three loosely linked Katie MacAlister Regency books - Noble Intentions, Noble Destiny, and The Trouble with Harry.  my favorite of the three was the middle one, but all of them made me laugh out loud.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 6:07 AM ET
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I love those Katie MacAlisters.   They are so funny!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 6:49 AM ET
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this question is PURE agony!!!

So i'll cheat!!!

someone mentioned CLAY YEAGER'S REDEMPTION...whoever you are i think you've got great taste !

it's up there on my list too.

My  'Little " book choice       : A LAND CALLED DESERRET by Janet Daily ( contemporary)

                                                    -the redemption of a real bi@#h for the sake of love

                                                      NATE by Lori Handeland (historical)

                                                    - a tortured alcoholic hero who's redeemed by a simple /loving woman

My Bigger book choice:        ANOTHER DAWN by Sandra Brown  (historical)

                                                  -a hero worried about age difference and tortured over the fact that the woman of his l

                                                  life is his best friend's daughter

                                                 JACKSON RULE by Sharon Sala  (contemporary)

                                                 - a victim of circumstance,/ex-con who made something of his life because a  good

                                                   woman believed in him and stood by him

 

sorry i didn't exactly play by the rules lol!!!

                                                     

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 7:56 AM ET
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Amy -- I want a good vampire book without all the scientific mumbo jumbo that usually goes along with vampires and why they drink blood blah blah blah.  Just give me a romance.......with a vampire.......real simple.   When your shelf is off hold, let me know!

Monica - I won't be taking my shelf off hold until the 19th when I have postage money again.  There are a few copies in the system right now though - and I will not be at all offended if you order through FIFO.  :-)

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:12 AM ET
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These are good, and I have keeper copies of them too: The Mad, Bad Duke and Perils of the Heart by Jennifer Ashley.  I just like Jennfier Ashley's historicals in general.  She writes pretty good pirate themed stuff, but those two are my favorites.  Mad, Bad Duke is the sequel to Penelope and Prince Charming, which I think is a pretty good read, but not quite as good.  MBD is really good.  Steamy, passionate - the main characters come together because of a "love spell", not my usual thing there, but it's so cute, very well written, and the hero is a major hottie.  Gave me the vapors:P  Perils is a pirate book - really cute.  Sorta reminds me of The Charm School by Susan Wiggs and Dreaming by Jill Barnett.

Next, I like Something Wicked by Jo Beverley.  It's part of the Malloren series - one of the better ones, I think.  It has some of the best love scenes Jo Beverley has ever written, IMO.  The premise is something like the H&H know each other and there's a certain level of attraction, but he steers clear of her because he really dislikes her brother - there's some family history there, and they don't get along.  Of course she's in disguise when they hook up, and he's really angry & feeling betrayed afterward.  Anyway, it's brought to a conclusion very well, and is well written overall.

And last, but not least: Silken Threads by Patricia Ryan is really good.  It's very much like Hitchcock's Rear Window - in a medieval romance - with a few twists.  Very engrossing, steamy, interesting plot and characters.  It's not perfect; there are a couple of instances of anachronistic language in there which some of you may or may not notice.  I saw them, but they didn't really bother me much.  There's also a sequel to this that I don't have a copy of, but it's really good too: The Sun and the Moon.  I really enjoyed it, but didn't end up keeping it.  There's this scene in there where this evil woman is trying to get the hero in bed, and for an excuse, he tells her he has the pox.  She says that's okay, she has it too:P

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I think I have The Mad, Bad Duke - will have to move it up in the TBR.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I've also got The Irish Devil on my bookshelf. It's an erotic romance set in the old west - lots of sex with a storyline in there somewhere, but those kinda books have their uses too, don't they? 

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:00 PM ET
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Fair warning, Willa, there's a strong paranormal element there to the story, which I know isn't everyone's thing.  The new book she has coming out, Highlander Ever After, is part of that same series though, so everyone who's on the WL for that one should read Penelope and MBD first.

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